Skip to main content

Autumn Grace


The Autumnal Equinox is a celebrated and well welcomed time of the year as it symbolizes the great harvest; not to mention in the North East, it is revered for its beautiful weather. The crisp air and warm colored foliage allows for a reminder of the inevitable transformation of circumstances. It renews our understanding of cyclic nature and encourages the human element to accept and rejoice in change. The Autumnal Equinox also symbolizes a point in time of cosmic equality. The Sun is precisely above the Equator and day and night are of equal length; the Sun’s annual pathway intersects the celestial equator.
I adore this time of year and have the honor of spending more time with family and reflecting internally. In a recent visit with them, and in particular my little cousin who so happens to be named Autumn Grace, I was enveloped in much needed joy and community renewal. Sitting around the dinner table and sharing in the harvest initiated a sense of gratefulness, a real appreciation of the kindness and compassion from this belonging and extended arm of the familial self. Being around Autumn Grace, her innocence, her fervor for learning about life, and her unabridged energy had us all smiling from ear to ear and embracing our inner child. It reminded me that spending equal amounts of “adult-ing” and celebrating that inner child are necessary for balance and support our own celestial paths towards self-development.
We continue to observe the unbroken path towards internal growth as the season honors the shift in spiritual progression. Outwardly, we take stock of our blessings and prepare to instill those blessings in helping others, making space for more wonderful things to come, and replenishing our personal wells of joy. It is a time to emphasize our internal contemplation and intentions towards motivating our external actions and ambitions. Allow this Equinox to equalize the dream and the manifestation.
Mudra: Padma - join your palms together in front of your heart with the thumbs pressing in towards the chest. Spread your index, middle and ring finger away from the center, keeping your pinkies and thumbs bonded together. It should represent a lotus flower opening and is an energetic symbol of unlocking the heart, setting intention and welcoming opportunity. 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Winter Solstice Solitude

One of the most revered times of the year for peace and internal solace, the Winter Solstice is an interlude to elevate the self through practices of solitude and reflection. A rather colder period of time on the East coast, we turn to methods of increasing warmth and nurturing the body with earthly foods and brews. Finding the beauty and necessity in all seasons, the Winter Solstice reminds us of the need for life to be still, ruminate on the seeds planted, and prepare for their impending fruition. We amplify our intentions and focus on our goals for the future, giving them the positive energy and focus they require to manifest.
     Though personal contributions to wellness are encouraged throughout the year, emphasis is even more evident during this time as we are challenged with the elements (being cognizant of geography). The beauty of the snow covered trees and crispness of the air prompt our internal constitutions to complement extra care and attention to our bodies, minds…

Samhain Celebrations

Somewhere between the equidistance of the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice we embrace the enchanting Samhain. A time of mystery and lore in the most wonderfully bewitching of ways, spirits are free to express themselves in any composite or ethereal medium. It is almost expected that norms are purposefully disregarded and restrictions are recognized as never having a place in existence. For a moment in time, released from novelty and sometimes in spite of it, freedom of expression comes in full force in all shapes and practices.
Since we are able to engage our full expression, this time also allows us to tap into our heightened awareness powers. Our innate intuition kicks into high gear and we can perceive and discern versatile facets of our Self-discovery and therefore journey. We are able to prioritize our personal needs and create space, releasing any attachments that no longer serve us. This perpetuates the enhancement of the higher Self facilitating our autonomy and even…

Breathing into the space You Create

It was once said, “A yogi measures the span of life by the number of breaths, not by the number of years...” ~ Swami Sivananda. Time seems to have an opportune way of letting us know that relationships and circumstances tend to be temporary and at the peak of its chaotic perfection in the moment. But... the Universe has an auspicious way of reminding us that what we are going through, what we are doing, and who we meet along the way is part of plan. I contemplate often on the current state (avastha) of existence, and wonder if everything we say and do is recorded in some cosmic ledger and balanced out with its appropriate counterpart to ensure we are in harmony with the Universe. And the tabulation of every, thought, word, action, habit is measured and vetted throughout the lifetime to allow the vessel to be at its optimal level.
Perhaps, I might be leaning into it just a bit much, because it could also be as simple as, we are here, then we are not. And in choosing to abide to the s…